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UK News 6 EU driving laws that motoring experts think the UK should adopt - even if Brexit happens on October 31

18:55  20 october  2019
18:55  20 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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a man sitting in front of a car: These EU rules could be beneficial to the UK, experts say © Getty Images These EU rules could be beneficial to the UK, experts say

Existing driving regulation used across continental Europe could be beneficial to motorists in the UK, experts have suggested.

It comes as part of research by LeaseVan.co.uk which revealed that six motoring regulations already used within the European Union could improve road safety if introduced in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

And whilst the UK may exit the EU on October 31, leading to a divergence in regulations across various industries, the motoring specialists have instead suggested that the Government still take inspiration from mainland Europe - at least where driving regulation is concerned.

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They recommend adopting some unusual rules from our European neighbours, which include vehicle owners using their headlights at all times and restrictive regulation around grabbing a McDonald's for the road, for example.

Tim Alcock of LeaseVan.co.uk explained: "In Britain, we've got some of the safest roads in the Europe, but we believe there's always room for improvement when it comes to protecting drivers, pedestrians and the environment.

"Whatever your opinions of the EU, it's clear that across the bloc there are driving laws which help road safety despite seeming slightly unusual.

"The Department for Transport should think about introducing legislation in the UK that mirrors a range of these European regulations, so we've identified seven of the most effective and interesting examples."

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6 EU driving laws

Constant headlights

Headlights must be on at all times in Sweden © RAC Headlights must be on at all times in Sweden

In some Scandinavian countries motorists are obliged to keep their headlights on constantly when driving.

This means that those in Sweden, for example, have improved vision whilst on the road and their vehicles are more visible to other motorists and pedestrians.

Motoring experts suggest this would help road safety in the UK, particularly during winter weather - when it's notoriously darker and damp.

No fuel stop

On motorways in Germany - or autobahns as they're natively known - it's actually illegal for drivers to stop.

This includes situations where they've run out of fuel, as it is considered driver negligence.

A similar law in the UK could help vehicle owners avoid the danger of being stuck in a lane on the new smart motorways, where hard shoulders are disappearing.

No eating behind the wheel

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Most in the UK have treated themselves to a snack whilst driving, but this is strictly prohibited in Cyprus.

Motorists there aren't allowed to eat or drink anything whilst operating a vehicle, as they're supposed to keep both hands on the wheel.

The regulation also ensures their eyes are on the road and avoids unnecessary distractions - with experts recommending its introduction elsewhere.

Cultural restriction zones

Regulation in Italy means motorists are unable to just drive into specific historical areas at their pleasure.

Instead, those wanting to visit Roman sites, for example, must get their hands on a special permit first.

Motoring experts say this law could be utilised in the UK to protect zones around popular, culturally significant sites from excessive traffic and resulting noise and air pollution.

Carry a breathalyser

a man wearing a green shirt: French drivers must carry breathalysers in order to test themselves and aid authorities © PA French drivers must carry breathalysers in order to test themselves and aid authorities

French authorities have introduced a regulation which requires motorists to carry a breathalyser in their vehicles at all times.

It allows drivers to check themselves if they're over the limit and also aids traffic police in France.

Experts say that adopting this rule in the UK could discourage dangerous drink-driving and potentially save lives.

Reversing hazards

Some regulation in other parts of the EU requires more use of hazard lights than UK motorists are used to.

This is the case in Slovenia, where drivers are required to turn their hazard warning lights on when reversing.

A similar safety protocol in the UK could make other road users more aware of your actions and potentially reduce the number of reversing accidents.

Do you think these EU regulations should be introduced in the UK? Let us know in the comments.

What the papers say – October 29 .
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